A NEW event in Mobberley has harnessed community spirit in a bid to tackle loneliness.

Sixty guests attended the first Vintage Tea Party at the Rajar Building on Saturday, with 16 volunteers putting on a spread for those at risk of isolation.

Sandwiches, tea and cakes were served on vintage crockery and supplied by businesses and bakers in the area thanks to a campaign by organisers Julie Hulme and Helen Kynnersley of Mobberley.

Julie said: “The event proved to be a massive success, attracting far more interest than we could ever have dreamed of.

“The fact that the day ran so smoothly with lots of tea drunk and cake eaten, along with a constant buzz of conversation and laughter, meant that everybody, guests and volunteers, left happy.

“The feedback has been extremely positive and we are proud to have helped re-engage a sense of community in our ever growing village again.”

Organisers hope to come together in the near future to discuss possible future events.

Saturday’s success was supported Events Lane Venue Dressing Supplies, Evolve Design Consultants, The Market Café in Knutsford, Waugh Brow Farm, The Railway Inn, Quirkee Café, Co-op and Mobberley Village Bakery.

Helen said: “We were keen that the event should not be just another social occasion for the already socially active in the community but be used to encourage the less socially mobile to attend, no matter what their age.

“We sought the help of the community to think of any friends, family members or neighbours who, for whatever reason, could be deemed to be at risk of loneliness, and we encouraged the community to invite anybody they could think of to attend.

“The response we received from villagers was amazing. We would like to thank everybody who helped to make this event possible.”

Call Helen on 07813 927103 or Julie on 07790 011230.